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Property Journalist Graham Norwood has put together an interesting list of the "safest" global property destinations for UK newspaper, the Daily Telegraph. The criteria used is extensibly the “lowest risk” locations but lifestyle arguments are used to justify many of the selections.
I've added my thoughts. I'd be interested to hear your views.
Picked for its relatively strong mortgage market, solid legal system and stunning ski resorts. Difficult to argue with Norwood’s selection especially as Canada has managed to avoid the worst excesses of the neighbouring US.
2. Hong Kong
Chosen due to limited supply and plenty of demand from the Chinese mainland.
Hong Kong has experienced some of the steepest rises in property prices with values almost doubling since 2005. However, “experts” insist the boom is sustainable.
There are now over 30,000 real estate agents working on the island, more than three times the number in the whole of the UK. The experts predicting sustability are agents with a vested interest. I’m not convinced.
Favourable tax treatment, a stable market and great skiing make Switzerland a great bet according to Norwood.
Buying a property is also a huge bet on the Swiss Franc which is hugely overvalued according to most measures.
Outstanding natural beauty, a strong political situation and a new scheme to encourage foreign investment make Mauritius a good tip.
Spain without the problems is the basic message.
A strong economy in financial services, telecoms and internet gaming combined with very low taxes make Gibraltar an excellent bet.
6. South Africa
Low volatility in the property market, outstanding beauty and cheap prices are the key arguments in favour of South Africa.
Chosen for its international prestige, accessibility and a strong legal system.
8 St Lucia
Barbados with lower prices.
Chosen for its “consistent growth”. Not sure it meets the strict “low risk” criteria though.
10 The Cayman Islands
A reputation for international finance, limited supply and fantastic lifestyle make the Caymen Islands a solid choice.
It is very difficult to produce a list like this on a global scale. All markets are local. Buying property in established prime locations is the key to preserving capital and minimizing risk. The key is finding clients with a lot of liquid capital and long time horizons.